I’ve been on diet for a while now, but why am I not losing weight? Losing weight seems like an impossible challenge that you just can’t seem to beat. Truthfully, it’s not, we just give ourselves the idea that “I need to be on some special diet” or “run until my feet fall off”. Misconceptions like these are spread through media to get you to buy something you may not need. If you think you are experiencing a weight loss plateau, don’t stress!!
It is common for the numbers on the scale not to budge for a few days (or weeks) at a time. This does not mean that you are not losing fat. Body weight tends to fluctuate by a few pounds. It depends on the foods you are eating, and overall health you’re in (ie. If your hormones are out of balance it will be difficult to lost body fat). It is possible to gain muscle at the same time as you lose fat, and this is especially prevalent if you just started to workout.
When we talk about dieting, people think it means taking out the foods you like. What it really means is adjusting the type of foods you consume to live a healthier lifestyle. When it comes to losing weight, it is general knowledge you need to burn more calories in a day (through exercise or daily activity) than you consume. Protein is the single most important nutrient for losing weight. Eating protein at 25–30% of your daily intake of calories can boost metabolism by 80–100 calories per day and it can also drastically reduce cravings and desire for snacking.
Another factor of why you’re not losing weight may be that you’re not lifting weights or doing enough cardio. One of the most important things you can do when losing weight is to do some form of resistance training, such as lifting weights. This can help you maintain muscle mass, which is often burned along with body fat if you are not exercising. Lifting weights can also help prevent metabolic slowdown and ensure that your body stays toned and muscular. Cardiovascular exercise, also known as cardio or aerobic exercise, is any type of exercise which increases your heart rate. It includes activities such as jogging, cycling and swimming. It is one of the most effective ways to improve your health. It is also very effective at burning belly fat, the harmful “visceral” fat that builds up around your organs and causes disease.
Zach Miller CFT